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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
A Boy Like You and Me is a children’s picture book written by Eva Maria Schwarz-Pretner and illustrated by Fatima Aldarmaki. The boy in this story was just a normal everyday kid. He had brown hair and eyes, and he liked to smile a lot. Like most kids, he liked sweets and didn’t listen to his mom as much as he should. One day, however, he had the most extraordinary set of adventures. It all started when he went to the movies. As it often happens, he ended up sitting behind a large lady and couldn’t see the screen. He wished he had a long neck like the giraffe he liked to visit at the zoo -- and it happened! His neck grew longer and longer until he could clearly see the movie. After he left the cinema, he thought about going to the park to play ball. He got bored waiting for the bus, and he began to think, what if he had wings like a butterfly? And then, that happened! He sprouted huge wings that had him airborne and flying right to the park. It seemed like everything he wished for came true. How could that be? But when it was time to come home again, he began to wish that he could just be regular, old him again. Would his last wish come true?
A Boy Like You and Me is an enchanting fable about a boy who transforms himself in some pretty delightful and useful ways. He lengthens his neck, sprouts wings and fins, and even gets a warm furry exterior to cope with cold weather. It’s great fun while he’s out, but when he comes home, he just wants to be himself again. Schwarz-Pretner’s fable teaches kids to be happy and comfortable in their own skins and lets them know that they’re brilliant and loved just as they are. Fatima Aldarmaki’s watercolor illustrations are fabulous! Many panels are suitable for framing and decorating a child’s bedroom walls. Her use of color makes the boy’s transformations dynamic and seem to burst from the page. You can feel his excitement as he flies and his delight as he discovers his hands and feet have become fins. The picture showing him peering through the window at his mother is hilarious and is guaranteed to earn giggles from caregivers and kids alike. A Boy Like You and Me is most highly recommended.